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  1. This is going to be an interesting story and will have tentacles that reach across a number of news categories. First up is the basic story from National Geographic News: Shroud of Turin Not Jesus', Tomb Discovery Suggests
  2. Here's the full story Here's the list and some key commentary from the story: Stonehenge You cant touch it, you cant walk inside, you cant wander about its space and you have to pay an entrance fee to see it. Petra The tourism village that has grown up around Petra now threatens to outsize the ancient city itself. Colosseum Italys most-visited sight is often crowded and usually has long queues. The entire building is a traffic roundabout and the interior is too precious to host concerts. Your visit will be even more memorable if you fall victim to a pickpocket. Machu Picchu The journey to Machu Picchu is not pleasant, and the entrance fee has risen to more than $25. Ankgor Unfortunately, theres no escaping the crowds here. The days when Angkor was a remote and challenging destination are sadly long gone. Personally, of the complaints rationalizing a site being named to this list, I think Stonehenge is the only one justified. The excuses are kind of weak.
  3. This work is partially funded by National Geographic. Very very exciting find if they can do more with what they have. I'm not exactly sure what happens next. Here's a story from our news department: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120312-leonardo-da-vinci-mural-lost-painting-florence-science-world/
  4. Just like I like my vino: chunky
  5. That's a hell of a delicate and refined piece to have been carved 35,000 years ago...
  6. For $30k, I want to see a couple of pictures first.
  7. How weird...I couldn't even tell if anything NEW was being reported...
  8. Thought I'd share that National Geographic Magazine's November cover story is on the Anglo Saxon hoard. The treasure itself will be in our museum in a few weeks. The international editions are sometimes different than the US, but I'm guessing this story will at least be in the mag, if not on the cover. If anyone's going to be in DC to check it out, please let me know. J
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    Anyone going to Rome in th eFall

    I'm coming late to this posting, but thanks for the pix. I've only been to Rome once, but there's something about it that has me completely mesmerized. My wife and I went about 3 years ago and I'm trying to convince the family to all go next summer. We've been looking at family tours, but honestly, I can't find any difference between a 'family' tour and any other kind of tour. Thanks again for sharing. J
  10. Rome Colosseum Repair Funded by Private Individual
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    It's AD 455 all over again!!

    What a bunch of tools. I hadn't realized that the statue at Piazza Navona is just a reproduction...that's good at least.
  12. Ahh...I see what they were getting at now. Doesn't seem to perfectly fit that rounded top lintel, but I get the point. Good grab...thanks.
  13. "The precise calculations made in the positioning and construction of the Pantheon mean that the size and shape of the beam perfectly matches, down to the last inch, a semicircular stone arch above the doorway." Has anyone been able to find an image of what's referenced above? I can't find any clear pix of the doorway to the Pantheon... J
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    Farewell Britannia by Simon Young

    Yeah...I see...I dunno what the hell I was looking at before. It clearly stated that the book wasn't available to consumers in the US. Um. Nevermind. :-)
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    Farewell Britannia by Simon Young

    Ben - this looks very interesting actually. Seems it's not available in the US. ...looking around to see if there's a ebook copy floating around and accessible anywhere J
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    New Roman History Books (April/May 2011)

    Chris, Great list...thank you for providing this... J Don't forget to add Roma Victrix from Russ...supposed to come out 5/3 I believe. Review coming shortly.
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    Ask The Expert - Adrienne Mayor

    Adrienne, What are the top 3 myths from ancient Rome that have been solidly explained by modern analysis (be it specific scientific analysis or strong deductive reasoning). Thanks, Jason Golomb
  18. exclusive hotel has been earmarked for ancient Rome Italian authorities are planning to set up an exclusive 30-room hotel as part of a museum complex in the heart of ancient Rome with views over the Palatine Hill, newspaper reports said on Wednesday. The hotel is in the draft project for a Museum of Rome - $132 million project set to be approved by Rome city council in January and completed in six or seven years, officials were quoted as saying. "The museum will have not only the usual activities of a museum but also the innovative plan of a small quality hotel," Umberto Croppi, the top culture official in Rome city council, was quoted by Corriere della Sera as saying. The planned museum in Via dei Cerchi next to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum will have 25,000 square metres of floor space, as well as a roof garden with views over ancient Rome. Parts of the museum, which will include multimedia installations and an auditorium, are expected to be completed in 2014 - on the 2,000-year anniversary of the death of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire.
  19. VERY cool finding released today. Two stories linked below. I pulled a couple of images and text from the first story, but there's a full gallery as well. Nero's rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome from Yahoo/AP 'Nero's dining room found'Room rotated on wooden platform to follow movement of Earth from ANSA.it Just found this slideshow from Discovery News...has some images not in yahoo/ap story: Nero's Dining Room Found Latin biographer and historian Suetonius, who chronicled his times and wrote the biographies of 12 Roman rulers, refers to a main dining room that revolved "day and night, in time with the sky." ROME
  20. Headless Romans in England Came From "Exotic" Locales?
  21. Perhaps a short list of speculative mechanisms for future archaeological research would be interesting to produce. Here's a short bit from the article...the whole thing is interesting and very random.
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    Congrats to Russ Whitfield

    I rather randomly came across this on the website of Myrmidon Publishing. Great news Russ. Can't wait for your sequels. -Jason Two new Russell Whitfield titles for Myrmidon by Kate on October 1, 2010 Ed Handyside editorial director at Myrmidon Books has just bought two titles from Russell Whitfield via Robin Wade of Wade Doherty. ROMA VICTRIX and IMPERATRIX continue the adventures of Spartan gladiatrix Lysandra started in Whitfield